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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 08/19/2011

Lunchline: There’s always a twist

I told you yesterday that I like to support local acts, and last night I did my best again. My colleague Sara Schwartz had the hookup to go see Thievery Corporation at 9:30 Club, and I felt like I was in high school again. They played Lebanese Blond and The Numbers Game (a GREAT song), but my favorite song of theirs was left out. Oh, well. Still a great time.

Georgetown and China's Bayi teams fight. (Reuters)
The situation that unfolded in China with the Georgetown Hoyas was nothing short of frightening. I've been covering and watching sports for some time, and I have NEVER seen anything like that in my life. The squad effectively got jumped, and if you ask me, frankly did well to get out of that scene without an even uglier result. I feel bad for those guys. They get tasked with representing their university in a foreign land, and wind up in an unfair fight during a goodwill game. The Post's Sally Jenkins explains how China as an athletic power is wilding out.

There's a twist in the case of the killing of a 92-year-old
woman in Forestville. The kid accused of the crime doesn't seem to be some hardened criminal or apparently otherwise wayward and bloodthirsty or desperate. According to most accounts, William Fitts, a rising high school freshman, was just another 15-year-old who lived across the street from an old lady he liked. Yet, police say that last week he bludgeoned and stabbed Thelma Steele, leaving her for dead. Here's the catch: His family thinks he's covering for someone else, The Post's Matt Zapotosky and Ruben Castaneda report.

I'll never forget the first time I talked to my initial college roommate. He called me, and we talked about what we were bringing to our room. We were both planning on bringing our televisions, which meant we'd have two in the room. Fine by us. End of discussion. Some people aren't as laid back about their living circumstances and the process of living in one room with another person is life-changing event. Campus Overload's Jenna Johnson discussed 'Decorating Your Dorm Room' with Karen Zuckerman, the founder of Dormify and the mother of a junior in college.

My whole crew uses a bunch of goofball slang. I won't get into the specifics, but every group of friends has a vernacular that nobody outside of their circle would necessarily understand without a road map. In D.C. in particular, the slang from neighborhood to neighborhood is so specified that if you're not from around here, you could walk for blocks and have no idea what anyone's talking about. Slate's Juliet Lapidos breaks down the tremendous yet awkward history of how current slang words tend to stick.

Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck (12) warms up during day 14 of Redskins training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. (John McDonnell - The Washington Post)
Here we go again with the Redskins. Another week, another preseason game, another quarterback. Of course, the burgundy and gold nation (read: me) will be watching intently to see what to make of the latest 'controversy' on a team that won 6 games last year and has only gotten worse. The Post's Mike Jones gives us five things to watch for tonight's matchup against the Colts, and columnist Mike Wise wonders whether or not this whole John Beck thing is just a big fairy tale.

Extra Bites

• Let me ask you a question: Have you ever had sex with Rick Perry? That's what the Committee Against Sexual Harrassment wants to know, to the point that they took out an a full-page ad in the Austin Chronicle to inquire. Seriously. There are a lot of things wrong with this advertisment, including the font.

• If you grew up in black household, you likely had or knew someone that had a subscription to Jet magazine. Well, now they have opinion pieces!

• When The Post's Vanessa Williams writes something, it's worth reading. You're welcome.

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